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The greenwood project

What stage is this project at?  We are currently writing the funding bid.

How can I help at this stage? By expressing an interest, as a school, group, family, woodland owner or individual in any aspect of this project, to inform our planning and support the bid.


With a strong emphasis on outdoor learning at Appledore School, regular after-school woodland activities and the introduction of a new woodworking curriculum, we have recognised the need to build a workshop for green woodworking, within the woodland space at the school. To support these activities we also want to train ambassadors, create new learning resources, promote heritage research and the conservation of local woodland and develop a schedule of workshops and other activities for the local schools and community. This workshop would also be available for demonstrations and workshops on other rural crafts.

A partnership of Alasdair Kilpatrick of Little Acorn Furniture, Mudtastic and Appledore School are currently writing a funding bid for this project. See below for some of the elements we will incorporate in this bid. If any aspect of this project interests you please contact the Apple Tree Initiative team now, so that we can incorporate details of potential local interest in the bid. Expressions of interest are a vital aspect of planning a project appropriately and supporting the funding bid.


The workshop

A strong element within the new woodworking curriculum is learning to work in a designated workshop space, considering the care of people and tools within that space, the importance of a tidy, organised approach to workshop activities and appropriate use of tools and methods. The workshop will be constructed using traditional, pegged timber frame construction, using wood felled locally and extracted by horses. A series of workshops will involve community members in this construction, and school activities will include opportunities for pupils to contribute to the process, using traditional woodworking techniques.

Equipment and tools

The finished workshop will be fitted out with appropriate equipment and tools, including shave horses and pole lathes. Take a look at the woodworking page in the gardening connections project, to see how you could get involved in helping us to build workbenches and other useful equipment, and help us to find and care for the tools we need.


To ensure that the benefits will be widely felt and sustainable, there will be funding to train a core team, able to share knowledge, demonstrate methods, promote interest to a wider audience and support green woodworking ambassadors within individual schools.

We will also be offering local art and illustration students the opportunity to showcase their work, by inviting them to illustrate new learning material, website space and exhibition material relating to this project, and inviting student teachers to share this experience with the children.

A connected curriculum

Working with wood is an opportunity to discover where wood comes from, how it grows, its form, strength and ideal uses. It is a route into exploring how the use of wood has helped to shape our local and national culture, through jobs, architecture, artistic use of wood and sea exploration. It provides a window into how felling of trees has changed our countryside and now impacts on a sustainable future and the importance of green spaces for communities and wild life. This offers diverse links to the curriculum, enabling the workshop to be used on a regular basis by schools and home education groups. We will also be creating new learning material and resources.

Heritage research

Integral to most of our projects is an opportunity for child and/or community-led local research. For this project we will incorporate an opportunity for pupils from local schools to talk with senior members of the community to capture memories and photos of their experiences of working with wood and/or using woodland for work or recreational purposes. We also encourage members of the community to get involved with us in local research, helping to trace local history relating to wood and woodland. This part of the project is supported by Winchester University’s Sensing Place project.

Activities and workshops

A schedule of accessible green woodworking activities will be organised, making use of a combination of the new workshop space and the existing art studio, woodland and open-air woodland classroom. Activities will also reach out into local schools and other community spaces. These activities will include timber frame construction, green woodworking, art, research and science projects that explore different aspects of local wood, woodworking and woodland.

Conserving local woodland

Another exciting opportunity offered by this project will be identifying small and large areas of woodland that are privately owned and un-managed. In a mutually beneficial relationship we can offer help in improving woodland and providing a long-term management plan, in return for this woodland helping to provide a sustainable source of wood for the greenwood project.

If you love the outdoors, you might also be interested in getting involved in one of our gardening projects.